PIRATES WIN!!!

The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action yesterday in the Big East Final against the Villanova Wildcats. The Pirates were looking for their first championship in 23 years! A win would give them an automatic birth in the NCAA tournament. The Pirates would prevail over the top seeded Wildcats 69-67.

The two teams started off fairly even in the first few minutes. The Pirates would build a 6 point lead after an Ismael Sanogo layup. However, Villanova would come back and cut the lead to 1 a few minutes later on a Kris Jenkins three pointer. The Pirates would respond by having a great stretch of play to increase the lead. With 5:14 to go in the first half, a Derrick Gordon three pointer put the Pirates up by 11. With 3:35 to go, Isaiah Whitehead would hit a three pointer and the Pirates would lead by 14. Ultimately the Pirates would go into halftime with a 40-29 lead over the Wildcats.

Villanova was led by Josh Hart who had 9 points in the first half. Kris Jenkins added 7 points and 2 rebounds. Darryl Reynolds chipped in 6 points and 3 rebounds. The Wildcats shot 44.4% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who had 12 points and 2 assists in the first half. Desi Rodriguez chipped in 8 points in the first half. Ismael Sanogo added 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Seton Hall shot 56.7% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Wildcats and Pirates came out to a stalemate to start the second half. That did not last long though because Villanova made a charge. With 12:23 to go in the first half, Mikal Bridges hit a layup to cut the lead to 1. The Wildcats would tie the game up with 9:21 remaining on a Kris Jenkins three pointer. The Pirates would respond and after an Angel Delgado free throw they had a 5 point lead. The teams went back and forth for the next few minutes. With 52 seconds remaining, Kris Jenkins would hit a three pointer to give the Wildcats a 3 point lead. Isaiah Whitehead would then go to the line and hit 1 of 2 free throws to cut the lead to 2. The Pirates would then force Josh Hart into a 5 second violation and get the ball back. With 18 seconds remaining, Whitehead would drive to the basket and get the hoop and the harm to give the Pirates a 1 point lead. The Wildcats had one last chance and would miss multiple opportunities. The Pirates ultimately came away with the Big East Tournament Championship by a score of 69-67.

The Wildcats were led by Kris Jenkins who had 23 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Hart added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Daniel Ochefu chipped in 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mikal Bridges added 8 points and 6 rebounds. Villanova shot 42.1% from the field and 34.8% from beyond the arc.

Seton Hall was led by Isaiah Whitehead who had 26 points and 3 assists. Desi Rodriguez added 12 points and 4 steals. Ismael Sanogo grabbed 9 rebounds and Angel Delgado grabbed 7. Derrick Gordon chipped in 10 points. The Pirates shot 49.1% from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc. Isaiah Whitehead was named tournament MVP. Ismael Sanogo and Khadeen Carrington made the all-tournament team.

The Pirates capture their first Big East title in 23 years! Both the Pirates and the Wildcats will now look forward to their seeding in the NCAA tournament today. Check out the PPI to see which players excelled. We will have full coverage as Seton Hall goes through the NCAA tournament. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

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Finals Bound

The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action yesterday in the semifinals of the Big East tournament as they took on the Xavier Musketeers. The Pirates were looking to advance to their first Big East final in 23 years. They would ultimately accomplish that by beating Xavier 87-83.

The Musketeers came out hot and took a quick 5-0 lead after a three pointer from Trevon Bluiett. The teams would then fight back and forth for the next few minutes of the game. With 12:21 to go in the half, a Derrick Gordon layup would give the Pirates the lead. The Pirates would then begin to capitalize on some sloppy turnovers from Xavier. A Veer Singh jumper with 6:01 remaining in the half would give the Hall a 17 point lead. The Musketeers would fight back and cut the lead down though. Two James Farr free throws would cut the lead to 11 as the two teams headed to the locker room. At halftime the Pirates led Xavier 41-30.

The Musketeers were led by Edmond Sumner who had 9 points and 2 rebounds in the first half. Jalen Reynolds added 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. J.P. Macura chipped in 5 points and Trevon Bluiett and Myles Davis each had 2 assists. The Musketeers shot 30% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Pirates were led by Khadeen Carrington in the first half. He had 14 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds. Isaiah Whitehead chipped in 9 points and 4 assists in the first half. Derrick Gordon added 9 points and 3 rebounds. Michael Nzei and Angel Delgado each had 4 rebounds in the first half. Seton Hall shot 47.2% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The second half opened with the big men from both teams dominating. Ismael Sanogo and Angel Delgado led the way for the Hall. Jalen Reynolds and James Farr led the way for Xavier. The Musketeers chipped away at the Seton Hall lead and with 10:43 remaining, J.P. Macura hit two free throws to cut the lead to 4. From there the Pirates would increase the lead again to as much as 15 points. Things got sloppy in the final minute for the Pirates. Seton Hall would keep their composure down the stretch and would defeat Xavier 87-83.

The Musketeers were led by Edmond Sumner who had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. James Farr had a double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Trevon Bluiett chipped in 15 points and 2 assists. J.P. Macura scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Xavier shot 34.9% from the field and 26.7% from beyond the arc.

The Pirates were led by Khadeen Carrington who had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Isaiah Whitehead added 20 points and 8 assists. Angel Delgado chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Derrick Gordon had 10 points and Desi Rodriguez grabbed 7 rebounds. The Hall shot 51.8% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc.

With the win the Pirates advance to the Big East tournament finals for the first time in 23 years. They will take on the top seeded Villanova Wildcats. Check out the PPI below to see which Pirates excelled. The game will be on Fox at 5:30 p.m. tonight. We will have full coverage of the game. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

PPI vs Xavier Big East Tournament

Pirates Take Down Bluejays

The Seton Hall Pirates opened up the Big East tournament on Thursday in a match up against the Creighton Bluejays. The winner of this game would go on to take on the Xavier Musketeers in the semifinals. The Pirates would come away with a hard fought 81-73 victory over Creighton.

The two teams had a close game for the majority of the first half. Halfway through the first half the Pirates led by a score of 18-15. The Pirates would begin to pull away though towards the end of the half. With 2:49 remaining in the first half Khadeen Carrington would hit a three pointer to give the Pirates a 14 point lead. The Bluejays would battle back and cut the lead to 9 as the two teams headed to the locker room. At the half the Pirates led Creighton 39-30.

Creighton was led by Cole Huff in the first half with 15 points and a rebound. Geoffrey Groselle added 7 points and 3 rebounds. James Milliken grabbed 3 boards and dished out 3 assists. The Bluejays shot 33.3% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Pirates were led by Isaiah Whitehead who had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the first half. Khadeen Carrington added 9 points in the first half. Desi Rodriguez chipped in 7 points and 6 rebounds. The Pirates shot 50% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Bluejays came out hot to start the second half. With 16:58 to go, Cole Huff would hit a jumper and cut the lead to 41-39. The Bluejays would hang around and would take a one point lead on a Malik Albert layup. The Pirates would again build up a lead but Creighton refused to go away. With 4:10 to go, Cole Huff would tie the game at 63-63. The Pirates would make some clutch baskets down the stretch though. Derrick Gordon made a huge three pointer down the stretch. Isaiah Whitehead make some big free throws and grabbed some big rebounds. Ultimately, the Hall would beat Creighton 81-73.

The Bluejays were led by Cole Huff with 35 points and 9 rebounds. James Milliken added 18 points and 5 assists. Geoffrey Groselle chipped in 12 points and Maurice Watson Jr. led the team with 6 assists. Creighton shot 41.1% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc.

The Pirates were led by Khadeen Carrington who had 27 points on the night. Isaiah Whitehead added 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. Angel Delgado grabbed 8 rebounds and Desi Rodriguez added 9 points. The Pirates shot 50.9% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc.

With the win, the Pirates advance to the semifinals of the Big East tournament. They will take on the Xavier Musketeers tomorrow at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Check out the PPI to see which players excelled. We will have full coverage of the game tomorrow. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

PPI vs Creighton Big East Tournament

Shot Down in Cincinnati

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The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action today at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio to take on the Xavier Musketeers. Before the game we had the privilege of having Shannon Russell from The Cincinnati Enquirer answer some of our questions. She is a great journalist and can be found on twitter @slrussell. Her answers can be found in our previous post and we want to thank her for all of her terrific insight. The Pirates would ultimately be handed an 84-76 defeat.

The first half started with the Pirates leading for the first few minutes of the game. Isaiah Whitehead kicked off the scoring with a three pointer and from there the Pirates would hold the lead until the 14:01 mark of the first half. From there the two teams would exchange leads for much of the half. With 5:55 remaining in the first half, J.P. Macura would knock down a three pointer and give the Musketeers a 6 point lead. The Pirates would eventually trim the lead down and ultimately take the lead with 2:28 left in the half. The Musketeers would ultimately retake the lead and go into halftime with a 40-36 lead.

The Musketeers were led in the first half by James Farr with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Myles Davis hit 2 three pointers and tallied 8 points in the first half. J.P. Macura chipped in 7 points and Edmond Sumner dished out 3 assists.

The Pirates were led by Desi Rodriguez in the first half with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ismael Sanogo tied Rodriguez for the lead in rebounds with 6 boards in the first half. Isaiah Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington, and Derrick Gordon each had 5 points in the first half. Derrick Gordon also grabbed 5 boards.

Xavier came out hot to start the second half. A dunk from Edmond Sumner and a bucket from James Farr increased the Musketeer lead to 9. The Pirates would fight back and cut the lead to 1 with 15:57 to go in the second half. Xavier had an answer for the Pirates though. The Musketeers would build a lead as large as 15. The Musketeers would protect that lead throughout the second half. The second half didn’t feel very close, and Xavier would cruise to an 84-76 victory over Seton Hall.

The Musketeers were led by James Farr. Farr was an animal this afternoon. He posted 24 points and 15 rebounds. He continuously gave Angel Delgado, Michael Nzei, and Ismael Sanogo fits down low. Trevon Bluiett added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Edmond Sumner chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Myles Davis led the Musketeers with 5 assists. Xavier held the Pirates to just 22.2% from beyond the arc.

The Pirates were led by Desi Rodriguez with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The 21 points are a career high for Desi Rodriguez. Ismael Sanogo also grabbed 8 rebounds for the Pirates. Khadeen Carrington posted 19 points, and Isaiah Whitehead added 17. Angel Deglado grabbed 7 rebounds, and Derrick Gordon added 6. Whitehead led the Pirates with 5 assists.

With the victory the Musketeers improve to 17-2 on the season and 5-2 in Big East play. With the loss the Pirates fall to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big East. Xavier will now head to Providence to take on the Friars on Tuesday night. The Pirates will return home to the Prudential Center to take on St. John’s on Wednesday night.

We would like to thank Shannon Russell for all of her help. She is a great follow on twitter, and is an incredibly talented journalist. Check out the PPI to see which Pirates stood out today. We will have full coverage of the St. John’s game on Wednesday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

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